My 7mm08 didn't last long - I need a new one


Leaky Waders
March 21, 2010, 09:28 AM FN featherweight 7mm08 with bushnell elite 1.5-4 4200 didn't last too long. We took it to the range and after sighting it in and shooting 15 rounds - my 18 year old promptly claimed the rig as his.

Total, I shot one round through confrim his shot placement - it was right on.

So, now I'm looking for MY 7mm08.

Yesterday, at one of the local shops, I looked at their offerings - sako 85, tikka, remington 700, browning x-bolt, and the winchester featherweight. They didn't have any Savages in for me to compare.

I still favor the idea of replacing the featherweight with another featherweight but just wanted to hear from you guys as to any practical options that I may have omitted.


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March 21, 2010, 09:33 AM
I would get an X-Bolt Hunter. They sure do feel nice in your hand. I like it second only to the M70 Featherweight. For the sake of diversity, get an FN/Herstal-made X-bolt. :)

Art Eatman
March 21, 2010, 09:37 AM
Being sorta old and decrepit, I truly enjoy my 700 Ti in 7mm08. 6.25 pounds with a Leupold 3x9, ammo and sling. Sub-MOA. Very good trigger. Balances just right. The 22" barrel enables excellent ballistics.

March 21, 2010, 12:22 PM
I have a Browning A-bolt in several calibers, 223, 260 and 308. I do not know if the newer models are called X Bolt? I also have a Remington Mountain rifle in 260 Rem. If I were to switch to 7mm/08, and just the one rifle for hunting, I would but the mountain rifle and use a good quality scope, such as Leupold Vari-X II 2-7, I like the smaller bell on all rifles other than long range open country with high magnification.

March 21, 2010, 12:43 PM
My 7-08 is a custom, built on a 1909 Peruvian contract Oberndorf intermediate length '98 Mauser. There is no way I could let someone "take" it, especially a relative. I could not replace it, I don't care how many stores I looked in!!!!!

March 21, 2010, 01:14 PM
Ruger Hawkeye, it is nicely made and maybe lighter than your, ahem, his Featherweight.

March 21, 2010, 01:17 PM
I bought a Rem. 600 in .243, my wife glommed on to it immediately.

Oh, least she will go is supposed to be very accurate.

Get another one, Featherweight...of course.

March 21, 2010, 01:32 PM
The Tikka is an excellent rifle.

March 21, 2010, 01:55 PM
I have a remington model seven in 7-08 thats a keeper.

March 21, 2010, 03:14 PM
+1 on the Tikka, and the 7mm-08. Great choice in caliber.

March 21, 2010, 03:35 PM

I'm a huge fan of the Thompson Center rifle line. They are, imho, among the best rifles being built today.


March 21, 2010, 03:42 PM
Now may be the time to build a custom.............

March 21, 2010, 03:52 PM
If you have the money, Sako all the way. The 85s can be pricey but the A7 competes very well at the $700-$800 mark. Sako has the best action for a factory rifle and the only rifle company, besides custom made, to have a 5 shot 1moa guarantee.

Tikka T3 would be what id look at next, followed by Savage.

Leaky Waders
March 21, 2010, 07:39 PM
The sako I looked at in 7mm08 was a finnlight - I wasn't really familiar with the firearm. The stock didnt look that durable. I was wondering how the rubber inletting or whatever it is would hold up? And, if there were a problem with the stock - how hard would it be to get one stateside to fit it? It was all stainless with a fluted barrel.

My father in law has a model 7 in 7mm08 - it's sweet and will may go to my youngest sooner or later.

I really favor the featherweight. I wish they had one in a stainless configuration and synthetic stock.

Hmm let me go surf the web some.

Oh as for giving the gun to my son - I was excited as he was. He was finally 'hooked' on a firearm - after trying quite a few from ones we own - one finally clicked. Thus far he had shot my 223 abolt, bushmaster, an 1895 3006, a BAR Safari 270, as well as borrowed 700 270 and a remington bolt 243, and several mausers. Not all at one time of course, just over the course fo the past few years.

He was so happy to be hitting the target where he was aiming. He liked the little red light in the scope and the modest recoil. He would smile and kind of giggle between shots. It was fun.

We're saving all of our liter coke bottles and I have some varmint targets that I'm going to fasten to them and set them out in the 100 acre field. Then we'll do some 'varmint hunting' too. Should be fun.

March 21, 2010, 08:22 PM
My inclination is to say a Remington Model 7, or a Winchester Model 70 Featherweight. I will hold that second recommendation until I see how Browning/Winchester does at replacing my defective "Super" Grade. I do like the controlled round feed better, but Remington's barrels are just hard to beat with a stick. I did own a Sako Finnbear some years ago (in .270 Win) and it was literally tack-driving accurate!


Leaky Waders
March 21, 2010, 08:29 PM
Hmm Geno what's wrong with your supergrade?

I handled one in 3006 and the gun store - it was very pretty, but a bit heavy for my needs.

March 21, 2010, 08:36 PM

I posted a thread here so folks could be alert to the happening. They are replacing it, but it has taken 5 weeks thus far.

New Winchester Super Grade Not So "Super" - THR

We'll see what happens. Until I am convinced that they have it right, I won't buy another. I also missed going on a hunt during my spring break. We'll see if they offer any sorry you missed a hunt, because we were dumb@$$e$ and didn't check our "Super" Grade.


Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
March 21, 2010, 09:12 PM
Interesting that the T/C Venture is going to be offered in 7mm08, and the Icon in 6.5mm creedmoor and .280 Rem. But no crossover on these three chamberings to the other for some reason. Wait just a minute - the Icon Classic in .280 Rem? My dreams have been answered!

Leaky Waders
March 21, 2010, 09:13 PM
Wow I just saw your thread - that's frustrating. So...what kind of scope bases were on that supergrade?

I'm curious how quick sako or tikka or remington would replace/fix a geeked a up rifle?

March 21, 2010, 09:57 PM
Interesting that the T/C Venture is going to be offered in 7mm08, and the Icon in 6.5mm creedmoor and .280 Rem. But no crossover on these three chamberings to the other for some reason. Wait just a minute - the Icon Classic in .280 Rem? My dreams have been answered!

I haven't shot any of the Ventures yet, but the three Icons I've fired have been extremely accurate rifles right out of the box. They also have extremely nice fit and finish, and the safari grade woods are nothing short of gorgeous. I can't believe TC would turn out the splendid Icon and junk-up the Venture.


March 21, 2010, 10:11 PM

Those are Conetrol bases and rings. They run about $200.00 shipped.


Custum Bases (two-piece), pair $89.94
Custum 1" Split Rings, each $44.97 ($89.94 for a pair)

Weatherby took about 6 days to re-barrel my first-ever Mark V. Other than them, I have no idea. My point is it has been done for about 10 days, and still sits there unshipped. All the same, I would have missed my hunt. I would have preferred that they simply call the dealer and say give him a replacement and we will ship you the store replacement.


Leaky Waders
March 21, 2010, 10:44 PM
Ive been surfing the net and checked out browning - they have some intersting lever actions and still make abolts in 7mm08 too.

March 21, 2010, 11:37 PM
Remington CDL if they have it. That's a heck of a nice replacement rifle!

March 21, 2010, 11:46 PM

I wish they had one in a stainless configuration and synthetic stock.

They do if you can do without the schnabel. I have the Extreme Weather SS and it's the same weight as a FWT. Mine's a great gun, and very accurate from day 1. Can't speak for Geno's experience, of course. I wouldn't get the Super Grade because it's too heavy for my taste in a hunting gun. BTDT with a Weatherby; no more >9 lb. sporters for me in standard calibers, thanks.

March 22, 2010, 02:22 PM

You're right. There's no EWSS, nor is there a stainless FWT in 7mm-08. Just .308 and .243.

Leaky Waders
June 16, 2010, 09:50 PM
Update...just finished putting my scope on My new model 70 featherweight in 7mm08. Thanks for all of the feedback.

June 16, 2010, 10:28 PM
I think that you made a good choice. I bought a Model 70 Featherlight in .270 last year and I think the 7mm08 would be a great caliber for this rifle. I always wanted a Model 70 Featherlight and I wanted to replace a .270, so I killed to birds with one stone.

June 17, 2010, 03:22 PM
I shot a guy's Rem 700 B&C in 7-08 with Leupold B&C scope. It was pretty stout and the guy's son was having a bit of trouble with the recoil. Beautiful gun. They went back in range shop and got reduced recoil ammo.

70 Super Grade is even more beautiful.

June 17, 2010, 04:16 PM
I recently acquired my first 7mm/08. I got a Browning X-bolt. Talk about a well balanced, easy to shoulder gun that fits me perfectly. This is it.

I did have to do some trigger work to the gun though. Browning claims the X-bolt has the "latest & greatest" adjustable trigger on them. My opinion-they should have kept the A-bolt trigger. It's much simpler and follows the KISS theory. This new trigger is overly complicated for what it is. It was probably a 5 lb. pull when I got it, and now I have it down to 2lbs. Now that I worked my magic and got the trigger the way I want it, this is now THE go-to gun in my gun-safe. It is fairly light-weight, has little recoil, and if you re-load, I had no problems reaching the lands with 145 grain Speer SPBT bullets and they still easily fit in the magazine. Has a removable magazine which when hunting federal land makes it easy to unload.

My first attempt at reloading for the gun, I chose the accuracy load from my reloading manual, but I changed some components. I was rewarded with a nice sub-MOA 5 shot group @ 100 yards with my starting load! I was over-joyedf. These were the first 5 shots-and it only got better from there.

What can I say-I'm sold on this Browning X-bolt, and this caliber. I have a couple of A-bolts as well, and they all shoot really well.

Let us know which gun you end up with.

June 18, 2010, 12:05 PM
he got the featherweight

June 18, 2010, 12:12 PM
I bought a Tikka 243 a few years ago that my wife claimed after shooting it. In the long run, it worked out ok. She allowed me to replace it with a 6.5x55. We both ended up happy.:D

Enjoy your new Winchester. Now we need a range report.

June 18, 2010, 04:05 PM
I'm partial to my Model 7 with the 18-1/2" barrel - light and handy

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